Nottingham Student Guide

Welcome to Nottingham!

Welcome to the home of Robin Hood: your new home for the next three years. You've done the work, got the grades and now you're ready to set out on your own in a new city - congrats! 

Exploring your surroundings is half the fun of moving to a new place but to give you a helping hand, we've teamed up with Left Lion, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham to bring you the student guide to Nottingham. Packed with useful information and need-to-knows, our guide is the ultimate starter pack for getting to know your new city. Whether you're a music fan, a foodie, looking for a great night out or things to do: our guide will point you in the right direction.

We've also crammed the guide with super useful information for thriving in your first year as a student including, top tips from second and third year students, how to get your accommodation sorted for next year (student housing goes fast!), the best ways to get around and much more. If that wasn't enough then our 'Best of Notts' pages will introduce you to all the best spots in Nottingham for food, shopping, cinemas, drinking and everything else you should check out during your time here.

So, time to get reading! You can flick through the entire guide using the digital reader below.


Want to skip the reading bit? Head straight to our student offers page to browse our collection of Nottingham's best student discounts and deals.

5 great things for Students to do in Nottingham

Nottingham city centre is the perfect place to explore if you're a student thanks to all the student-friendly activities available to keep you busy between lectures. After a year of covid lockdown it's understandable that everyone (especially students) are keen to meet up with friends and have a great time. 


Whether you’ve got money to spend or need a cheap and cheerful option, Nottingham has it all.


Bowling the night away at Nottingham Bowl


Equipped with 48 lanes and a large arcade area, you and your friends can Bowl the night away at Nottingham Bowl. 


The bowling alley also serves pizza, hotdogs and desserts so it's a great place to spend the whole evening. They also offer student discounts to help sweeten the deal. 


Find out more about Nottingham Bowl


Bowling at Nottingham Bowl


Have a laugh at Glee Club

Based in a former Victorian warehouse on the waterfront, the Glee Club makes for a perfect student evening in Nottingham's City Centre. 


Glee Club is a comedy and live music club, equipped with a food and bar area which also offers student entry rates to their shows. This space is also available for hire, which makes it a great place for student events if your comedy society wants to take over for a night. 


Find out more about Glee Club


People at a bar


Burgers and entertainment at Annie’s Burger Shack 

Sink your teeth into one of the tastiest burger shacks in Nottingham. Annie’s Burger Shack specialises in creating a variety of great-tasting burgers such as The Fajita or The Malibu Surf and Turf. With breakfast, lunch and dinner available you're going to want to make this your new regular so you can try the whole menu. 


Their menu is reasonably priced, which is perfect for a student budget and it also caters for vegans and vegetarians. They also host event nights including a Comedy night with special guests. What’s not to love!  


Find out more about Annie’s Burger Shack


People sat enjoying burgers


Discover your new favorite band at Rescue Rooms

Nottingham City Centre has a vibrant nightlife thanks to its pubs, bars, clubs and concerts, but if you are looking to discover new bands, Rescue Rooms is the perfect place for you. 


Rescue Rooms has a rich music history, where iconic bands such as The Killers, Bloc Party and Ellie Goulding have all come to perform. The venue has a 450 capacity, perfect for intimate live performances and club nights. Rescue Rooms is also well-equipped for all your nightlife needs, with a bar and smoking terraces. 


Find out more about Rescue Rooms


Neon Dance Again bar sign


Visit Nottingham’s Largest Contemporary Museum 

Nottingham Contemporary is one of the largest contemporary art galleries in the UK, making it the perfect place to go for art and design students. This museum hosts a variety of student friendly events, presenting free exhibitions and special events for feature exhibits. 


Not only is it the perfect daytime activity to do, it's also kitted out with a café which is perfect for a quick bite and catching up with friends. 


Find out more about the Café at Nottingham Contemporary


Nottinghams art Museum

Browse our full directory for a range of activities and ideas to find more student friendly activities, or contact us for more information. We are passionate about helping you find your soon to be favorite places in Nottingham.

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